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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 10 DAYS

10 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Let’s hope Yoan Moncada No. 10 Sox jerseys are as prevalent as Thomas’ 35 or Konerko’s 14 one day.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 35 DAYS

35 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Wearing his trademark No. 35, Frank Thomas hit 35 home runs in winning the American League batting title with a .347 average for the 1997 White Sox.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 53 DAYS

53 days to White Sox Opening Day!

Hit No. 53 in Frank Thomas’ career led to save No. 53 of 1990 for Bobby Thigpen.

On Sept. 23, 1990, “Big Frank’s” fifth homer — career hit No. 53 — gave the Sox lead for good in the eighth inning of a 2-1 win at Seattle.

After rookie Alex Fernandez (making his 11th big league start following his drafting in June) got through the eighth, Thigpen capped a scoreless ninth by fanning Ken Griffey Jr. to notch his 53rd of 57 saves during that magical renaissance season of 1990.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAYS: 58 DAYS

58 days until White Sox Opening Day!

Hit No. 58 of Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame career was the final White Sox home run at Comiskey Park.

On Sept. 28, 1990, “The Big Hurt” went deep off Randy Johnson in the seventh inning in Seattle’s 13-4 win before 37,662 fans in the first game of the final series at the old park.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 93 DAYS!

93 days until Opening Day, White Six fans!

Home run No. 93 of Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame career may have been his most dramatic of the Sox ‘93 West Division title season.

On Aug. 13, Frank’s two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Sox to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Kansas City before a jacked up gathering of 34,272 at Comiskey Park.

After Steve Sax fired up the crowd with three sparkling plays at second base in the top of the inning, Ron Karkovice ignited the rally with a double and then scored on Warren Newson’s pinch single. Thomas then sent a 1-0 pitch by Royals’ closer Jeff Montgomery into the left-field bleachers.

The victory enabled the Sox to open a 3.5-game lead over the Royals in the A.L. West.

WAY BACK WEDNESDAY: OTD IN 2000 FRANK GETS ROBBED

It all seems so tainted now, doesn’t it?

On this date in 2000, White Sox designated hitter Frank Thomas finished second in the American League MVP voting to Oakland’s Jason Giambi in results released by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Giambi polled 317 points while Thomas had 285 in falling short of his third MVP Award.

Thomas was the driving force behind the Sox surprising run to the American League Central crown, hitting .328 with a career-high 43 homers and 143 RBIs.

Giambi hit .333 with 43 homers and 137 RBIs.

In hindsight, these results look like a joke because Giambi is an admitted steroid user.

Frank, on the other hand, publicly railed against steroid use.

One of the complaints levied against Frank throughout his career was that he didn’t smile enough or seen happy.

Can you blame him?

During his career, Thomas watched players of lesser talent who were suspected users grab headlines, records and accolades while he just did his thing year after year.

Frank did get a chance to vent in 2005 when he testified before Congress.

He concluded his statement by saying: “I have been a major league ballplayer for 15 years. Throughout my career, I have not used steroids. Ever.”

Compare that to what you recall Giambi saying about the subject.

Frank also had the last laugh in Cooperstown in 2014.

Also in the 2000 voting, White Sox right fielder Magglio Ordonez finished 12th after hitting .315 with 32 homers.

This marked the first time since 1994, when Thomas finished first, Julio Franco finsiehd eighth and Jason Bere finished 23rd that the Sox had more than one player receive votes for this award.

@SOXNERD MAY 3 BLOG: LEADING THE WAY

 

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*LEADING THE WAY: What better time than to fire off a few nuggets on White Sox offensive league leaders than with Avisail Garcia tops in the American League with a .382 average:

–The only Sox players to lead the A.L. in batting average are Hall of Famers Luke Appling (.388 in 1936 and .328 in 1943) and Frank Thomas (.347 in 1997). … Through April of 1936, Appling was hitting just .261. That figure read .235 for Appling in 1943 and .319 for Thomas in 1997.

–Of all the triple crown categories, the Sox have had two batting champs (three players), two home run champs (Bill Melton 1971, Dick Allen 1972 and 1974) and one RBI champ (Allen 1972)

–The last Sox player to lead the league in a major offensive category was when Jose Abreu topped the circuit with a .581 slugging percentage in 2014.

–Of all the major statistical categories, the Sox have led the A.L. in steals the most times (19) followed by triples (16).

*SOX STUMPER: Here’s my trivia question displayed on the center field scoreboard the last time the Sox played at home on this date (2016): Which future White Sox made his big league debut as a defensive replacement for Jim Thome at third base in this park on this date in 1994?

The answer is the at the end of this blog.

*AVI FILE: Garcia’s .368 average was the highest April output of his career. His previous best was a .309 in 2015. … Garcia is a .305 career hitter in May. His best May was .333 in 2015.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2005, Tadahito Iguchi went 4-for-4 and hit his first career home run as the Sox set a big league record by taking the lead for the 26th consecutive game to start a season in a 5-4 win over the Royals before 12,362 at US Cellular Field. Carl Everett delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth to make a winner out of Mark Buehrle, who improved to 4-1.

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I flashed this graphic when Mike Pelfrey made his Sox debut last week.

*SHOCK TREATMENT: Mike Pelfrey gets the start for the Sox tonight against the Royals in the state where he became a legend at Wichita State University.

Pelfrey is 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA in six starts in Kaufman Stadium.

*REMEMBER HIM? Jason Bourgeois delivered a double for Triple-A Charlotte this morning against Norfolk (I AM WATCHING ON CSN CHICAGO!). Bourgeois delivered a double for the White Sox last hit at the original Yankee Stadium on Sept. 18, 2000. … That double came a batter after a homer by Paul Konerko, which was the last by a visitor at “The House That Ruth Built.”

*YAZ: Mike Yastrzemski, who is playing for Norfolk vs. Charlotte tonight, is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (YAZ!) and the son of Carl Yastrzemski Jr., who went by Mike.

The original Mike Yaz (Carl Jr.) was an outfielder in the Sox system from 1986 to 1988. He hit .269 with 21 homers and 147 RBI for Sox affiliates at Birmingham (AA) and Buffalo (AAA).

*STUMPER ANSWER: Herbert Perry